NEW YORK — The oldest daughter of a New York City man killed by a police chokehold has been hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a heart attack.
Family members tell the New York Daily News that 27-year-old Erica Garner went into cardiac arrest Saturday night.
The woman's father, Eric Garner, died after a white police officer put him in a chokehold while arresting him on Staten Island in July 2014. A video of the arrest showed Garner gasping for air and repeatedly saying, "I can't breathe." A grand jury the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, in Garner's death. The family later reached a with the city.
Erica Garner became a vocal advocate against police brutality following her father's death. Her mother, Esaw Snipes-Garner, says her daughter's cardiac arrest was triggered by an asthma attack.
Snipes-Garner says her daughter suffered her first heart attack not long after giving birth to a baby boy in August. Doctors said the pregnancy had put a strain on her heart, which was later found to be enlarged.